Charge & Fine Procedure

New Charge and Fine Procedure

 

From 4th September 2016, the Dorset Youth Football League will be operating the following Charge Notice and Fines procedure:-

 

1.    League and Registration Secretaries will present the offences to the next Management Committee meeting.

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2.    The full Management Committee will discuss each offence then decide whether to charge the club and the level of the fine to be imposed.

 

Any action agreed by the Committee must have taken place within 28 days of the Competition being notified

 

3.    The Fines and Appeals Co-ordinator  will send out the formal Charge Notice for each offence as per Rule 5D to each club

 

Each Offence will be given a unique Reference, for example DYFL1617/01.This Reference must be used in all correspondence

 

4.    If the club responds and accepts the charge then the fine indicated in the Charge Notice will be payable as per Rule 5I.

 

5.    If the Club does not respond within the seven day period from the date of the Charge Notice they will have deemed to have accepted the charge and the fine will be payable as per Rule 5I.

 

In addition, Rule 5H will be applied as they will have failed to satisfactorily deal with correspondence from the League. They will be liable to a fine or otherwise penalised at the discretion of the Management Committee.

 

6.    If the club denies the charge and decides to appeal, Rule 15B will be applied so they will have:-

 

a.     fourteen days in which to lodge the protest or complaint.

b.    to state the grounds on which the protest or complaint is based.

c.     to deposit the Protest Fee (£25) with the Fines and Appeals Co-ordinator as per Rule 15C.

d.    the opportunity to request a personal hearing to put their case to the Discipline Committee. In requesting a personal hearing the club is required to forward a deposit of £25 with the request as per Rule 5D(ii).

 

Once lodged, no Protest or Complaint can be withdrawn except by permission of the Management Committee

 

7.    If a Club has requested a personal hearing then the Fines and Appeals Co-ordinator will

 

a.     collate all the necessary paperwork from the club, League and Registration Secretaries relating to the protest or complaint.

b.    arrange a date, time and venue for the Discipline Committee to hear the case.

c.     give 14 days’ notice to the club and Discipline Committee and indicate who should attend.

d.    send copies of all the paperwork relating to the protest or complaint to all parties.

 

If a club has not requested a personal hearing then the Fines and Appeals Co-ordinator will

 

a.     collate all the necessary paperwork from the club, League and Registration Secretaries relating to the protest or complaint.

b.    send copies of all the paperwork relating to the protest or complaint to the Discipline  Committee.

c.     inform the club when the Discipline Committee will hear the case.

 

When dealing with a protest or complaint the Discipline Committee must take into account any information which, if properly used, might have avoided the protest or complaint which is in possession of the protesting or complaining club, as per Rule 15F.

 

8.    Either with or without a Personal Hearing, the Discipline Committee will review the facts relating to the Change then they will decide that

 

a      the charge stands

 

i.     The Fine will be issued as per Rule 5I.

ii.     The Fines and Appeals Co-ordinator will also write to the Club to explain the reasons why the  Change stands.

iii.    The Protest Fee, and Personal Hearing fee if applicable,  will be passed to the League’s Treasurer.

 

b.    the Charge has been withdrawn.

 

i.     The Fines and Appeals Co-ordinator will write to the Club to explain the reasons why the charge has been withdrawn.

ii.     The Protest Fee will be returned to the Club..

 

9.    After the fine has been issued then this must be paid by the Club within 14 days from the date of posting, as per Rule 5I.

 

10.   If the fine is not paid within the statutory period then the Management Committee can issue an additional fine  up to a maximum of £50 in addition to the original, as per Rule 5I.

 

11.   Further failure to pay within the statutory period will result in fixtures being withdrawn until such time as the outstanding payments are settled, as per Rule 5I.

 

12.   If a Club is unhappy with the decision reached by the Management Committee then they can appeal to the Dorset County Football Association, as per Rule 16.

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